Grab the opportunity to experience the beauty of the desert by getting out into the mountains, blood-red canyons and cacti-studded landscapes that surround Scottsdale. Take a hike along the trails of the stunning McDowell Sonoran Preserve; go off-road on a jeep trip to explore the desert's further flung corners; or glide over this unforgettable terrain in the basket of a hot air balloon.
With an astonishing 200 courses within reach, the golfing on Scottsdale holidays is second to none. Two of the best are the Monument and Pinnacle courses at Troon North, which offer not only excellent play but a spectacular setting amongst the ravines and boulder-strewn terrain below Pinnacle Peak. Just watch you don't slice your shot into a giant cactus.
Buy, buy, buy is the motto here. There's art to browse in the Marshall Way Arts District; souvenirs, curios and Native American crafts in Old Town; designer labels at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys and a host of boutiques and flagship stores at Fashion Square; and a string of big brands at the Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter malls.
The Kids Are Alright
If you're looking to keep the kids amused, there's plenty on offer. The 1300 animals at the Phoenix Zoo are always a hit, while at Macdonald's ranch there's a chance to enjoy pony and stagecoach rides in the desert. The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park has train rides and carousels, while the Heard Museum is the place to discover all about Native American culture.
Scottdale's army of top notch resorts and day spas means relaxation is easy to come by. Pamper yourself with treatments inspired by Sonoran Desert botanicals and traditional Native American healing techniques.